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8Aug/150

indyPL Children’s Librarians: Favorite Books for Starting Kindergarten

Going to Kindergarten for the first time is exciting...and maybe a little scary! IndyPL Children's Librarians have put together this list of their favorites to put even the most reluctant student in the mood for school. Start a reading tradition in your family like this one from Shellie Rich, Public Services Librarian at Central Library:

"I love that book so much. With quotes like, “Alligator is for fancy. For school, stripes are nice,” I am pretty sure it is the best kindergarten book ever. And we still call my twelve-year-old’s school uniform her schooliform because of that book."

Also, you can read FREE books online, play online games & find FREE printables at: IndyPL Read Right Now! Starting School

New York Public Library: The Top 3 Books to Read Before Starting Kindergarten

More Recommendations:

Cindy Childers,
Shelby:
Nicole Porter,
Lawrence:
Nichelle Hayes,
Outreach:
Nicole Porter,
Lawrence:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Click Clack Moo Cows That Type Corduroy Foxy

Cindy Childers
Shelby:
Beth Pintal,
Nora:
Nichelle Hayes,
Outreach:
Nicole Porter,
Lawrence:
Green Eggs and Ham I Like Me I Like Myself The Kissing Hand


Doriene Smither,
East Washington:
Janet Spaulding,
Selection Services:
Beth Pintal,
Nora:
Cindy Childers,
Shelby:
Leaf Man Monkey Not Ready For Kindergarten The Pigeon Wants a Puppy Please Baby Please


Beth Pintal,
Nora:
Janet Spaulding,
Selection Services
&
Cindy Childers,
Shelby:
Janet Spaulding,
Selection Services:
Tell Me a Dragon The Very Hungry Caterpillar Z is for Moose
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5Aug/150

Staff Pick: Nuts in Space

Nuts in Space

An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?

Far away in the deep, deep space is a spaceship with a very hungry and a completely lost space team trying to get back home. What obstacles will they face in order to reach home? What evil will they encounter on a banana ship!?
Nuts in Space is the story of a team who just completed their mission to get the lost nuts of legend and now they are on their way home...except for one thing their lost!! Now they must travel through the galaxy to find their way back home, passing some planets with some interesting creatures and running into trouble they never saw coming. Take a journey with the best team in the galaxy and fight against the Darth Banana to protect the nuts of legend!

Recommended by: Mikaela Smith - Garfield Park Library

 

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3Aug/150

NEW 2015 Back to School Books

You might also like Read Right Now! Starting School - books you can read online FREE without waiting plus eBooks and eAudio you can check out with your indyPL Library Card.

New Books:

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten Rosie Goes to Preschool Not This Bear ABC School's for Me
Daddys Back to School Shopping Adventure Ready for School Murphy Birdies First Day of School Ally-Saurus and the First Day of School
Mouses First Night at Moonlight School Dads First Day Goose Goes to School First Grade Here I Come
Ready Set Kindergarten Stanley at School Kindergarten Luck The Humongous Hamster Goes to School
Eva and Sadie and the Best Classroom Ever Maple and Willow Apart Im New Here Ginny Louise and the School Showdown
Five Little Ducklings Go to School A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
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29Jul/150

Staff Pick: Return of the Library Dragon

Return of the Library Dragon

Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school's library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.

If you loved The Library Dragon, you will be happy to learn that Miss Lotty has surfaced again in Return of the Library Dragon, written by Carmen Agra Deedy. In this sequel, Miss Lotty is about to retire as the school librarian when she learns that the books are being replaced with electronic devices. Her scales reappear as she staunchly defends her position to return the printed books back to the library. Fortunately, the new in-coming librarian, Miss Molly, agrees with Miss Lotty that children need to unplug from technology and Miss Lotty happily sails off to retirement.

Recommended by: Lisa Loepker - Eagle Branch Library

 

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20Sep/140

Free App – Goodnight Safari

GoodnightSafari

Help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Help the animals prepare for bedtime through seven interactive scenes.
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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24Aug/140

Read Right Now! OPPOSITES

Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!


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Watch Opposites Bunny -  Video segments from Between the Lions. An animated superhero bunny saves the day through the use of opposites.

BigAndLittle UniteForLiteracy75
Read Big and Little Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

LoudAndQuiet UniteForLiteracy75
Read Loud and Quiet Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

More FREE Online Reading:


Websites:


Opposites Videos:

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.


Downloadable eBooks:

InsideOutside GeorgeOpposites ElmerOpposites OldHatNewHat

Books:

ExactlyOpposite IsItBig Contrarios UpDuck
MaisyBig MaisyGrande GoodNews HockeyOpposites
opuestos HeavyLight SmoothRough HighLow
BackFront OctopusOpposites BigDog RalphOpposites
BigLittle OpositesPark
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19Aug/140

Staff Pick: This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

Understanding the narrative is an important skill your toddler needs to learn to read, but sometimes talking about the book as you read it can be a challenge.  How do you ask questions without interrupting the flow of the story?  How do you encourage your child to guess what happens next?  Don’t worry, I am here to help!

Check out these two books by Jon Klassen; This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back.  There’s an obvious underlying hat theme going on, and what kid doesn’t love hats?  In the first story, a little fish has stolen a big fish’s hat.  In the second one, a bear searches for his lost hat.  Both stories have important lessons about stealing, and they’re both amusing (I checked with my nephews, the books are definitely funny), but the best part is how easy it is to talk about the narrative.  Every page is an opportunity for questions.  Both books are written in a conversational style that’s very engaging.   The illustrations are eye-catching.  Both books are open-ended, which allows your preschooler to tell you what happens!  Your child will be guessing what happens next long before you turn the last page.

I Want My Hat Back
Recommended by:  Emilie Lynn, East 38th Street Branch Library

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21Jul/140

Free App – Just Me and My Mom

MeMyMom

Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city? iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Highlighted narration
  • Learn new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
  • Record yourself reading
  • Play two find-the-creature mini games! Can you can find all of the spiders and grasshoppers within the story?
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

 

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14Jul/140

Free App – Cinderella

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Cinderella - A Princess Storybook for iPad and iPhone from One Hundred Robots on Vimeo.

Turn a pumpkin into a coach, change 3 mice into horses, transform a ragged dress into a magnificent gown, and help an old pair of shoes become glass slippers! Touch objects on each page to discover hidden sounds. You will feel like Cinderella — being graced by a fairy godmother, transforming into the radiant beauty of the ball, and becoming a princess! This interactive book includes 40 storybook scenes. iTunes Preview

 

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7Jul/140

Free App – Toy Story Read Along

ToyStoryReadAlong

Meet Woody, a cowboy doll that comes to life when humans aren’t around. When his owner Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear space ranger for his birthday, Woody and the other toys fear they’ll be replaced. Woody’s plan to get rid of Buzz backfires and he ends up lost outside the world of Andy’s room, with Buzz as his only companion! The toys work together to find their way back to Andy and discover the meaning of true friendship along the way. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Rated 4+
  • Compatible with iPad
  • Words light up as each is read
  • Record your own voice reading the story! (Great for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa!)
  • Additional games and activities
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

ToyStoryPainting

 

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